Monday 27 March 2017

UK national wanted in connection with alleged London murder appears before Dublin Court

Aodhan O'Faolain and Ray Managh

AN Englishman wanted in connection of with the murder of a man whose body was found in a London flat has appeared before the High Court in Dublin.

Today Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley heard that the UK authorities are seeking the extradition of Thomas Anthony Kearney (38) in connection with the death of Mr David Remmer (35) whose body was discovered, at an address at Talgarth Road, London on December 13th last.

In the warrant seeking Hammersmith-born Mr Kearney's extradition states that Mr Remmer's body was discovered in Mr Kearney's flat.

The UK authorities say that the dead man had been beaten and stabbed. It is also claimed that a blood stained knife was found at the scene.

It is alleged that CCTV pictures showed both the dead man and Mr Kearney entering the flat in the days prior to Mr Remmer's death.

It is also alleged that around the time of his death Mr Remmer had been reported to police as being a missing person.

On December 19th last a warrant for Mr Kearney's arrest was issued by a Magistrates Court, but he had left the jurisdiction and had travelled to Ireland. A warrant seeking his extradition was then issued.

Today at the High Court Detective Garda Sean Fallon of the Garda Extradition Unit said Mr Kearney was arrested at an address at Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire on foot of a European Arrest Warrant, which had previously been endorsed by the High Court in Dublin.

The Detective told the court that when Mr Kearney was asked if he knew what the charges contained in the EAW were about he replied "It was self defence."

Ms Anne Marie Lawlor Bl for the state asked the court to remand Mr Kearney in custody pending the listing of an extradition hearing later this month. No application for bail was made.

Lawyers for Mr Kearney, dressed in a white t-shirt, dark jacket and jeans did not speak during the brief hearing, told the court that his client feared for his safety in a shared cell in prison.

Ms Justice O'Malley, said there was nothing she could do about in relation to but said that any concerns for Mr Kearney's safety should be made to the prison Governor.

The Judge after informing Mr Kearney of his rights then remanded him in custody and made the case returnable for January 15th next.

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